Andrei Novac

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Founding Director, Traumatic Stress Program
School of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine
M.D., Carol Davila School of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, 1978
Phone: (714) 456-6596; (949) 760-9133
University of California, Irvine
Bldg. 3, Rt. 88
Mail Code: 1680
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
traumatic stress; autobiographical memory; identity narrative; mood disorders; Neuropsychoanalysis
Academic Distinctions
Dr. Andrei Novac is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine, School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Program. He graduated from the Carol Davila School of Medicine in his native Bucharest, Romania in 1978. After a post-MD three-year internship in Pediatrics, he immigrated to the US and completed his internship and psychiatric residency at UC Irvine as well as a research fellow at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach in 1986. He has published over fifty scientific papers on man-made traumatic stress and its impact on brain biology, depressive disorders and their subtypes, intergenerational transmission of trauma in families of holocaust survivors, cognitive bias and youth violence. He has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Novac is a board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the APA. He is the past chair of the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Special Study Group at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). More recently, Dr. Novac has acquired additional training in functional neuroanatomy and the cortical-subcortical circuits in human attachment and brain plasticity (dissection workshops and courses with the late Lennart Heimer, MD). Other current investigation projects include “paratraumatic behaviors,” referring to survival behavior; transprocessing, the mechanism of neurobiological processing during psychotherapy; and identity narrative (IdN), a component of autobiographical memory. In 2004 he was granted the award “Top Psychiatrists in America” by the Consumer Research Counsel of America in Washington, DC. Since 2015, he has been listed under “Best Doctors” in Orange Coast Magazine from Castle Connolly Top Doctors.
Professional Societies
American Medical Association
American Psychiatric Association
New York Academy of Science
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
International Neuropsychoanalytic Association
Other Experience
Private Psychiatric Practice
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